Department of Numbers

Iowa Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Iowa fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2020 to 2.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Iowa peaked in May 2009 at 6.6% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Iowa unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
Iowa 2.8% 0.0 +0.1

Note: All comparisons are made with January data as February state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Iowa, National

Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Iowa peaked in June 2009 at 111,837. There are now 62,289 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 42,454 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,094. Iowa job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Iowa 49,548 +210 +3,975

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Iowa from 1990 to January 2020

Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5%
January 2020 3.6% 2.8% 49,548
December 2019 3.5% 2.8% 49,338
November 2019 3.5% 2.8% 49,397
October 2019 3.6% 2.8% 49,307
September 2019 3.5% 2.8% 48,741
August 2019 3.7% 2.8% 48,057
July 2019 3.7% 2.7% 47,543
June 2019 3.7% 2.7% 47,240
May 2019 3.6% 2.7% 47,144
April 2019 3.6% 2.7% 47,044
March 2019 3.8% 2.7% 46,757